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Holiday Sparkle: Metals Guide

Posted on December 15th, 2015 by JoeG

Are you searching for some holiday sparkle to give to that special someone? The first step in selecting jewelry, is knowing what type of metal fits your wants and needs. Appearance and cost should not be the only two components you consider when making your decision to purchase. Factors such as history, allergies and popularity are all important considerations that should weigh in on the final selection. Here at Chicago Gold Gallery we buy all forms of gold, silver, platinum and palladium. In fact, we are rated #1 gold buyer in Chicago. Here are some tips for selecting the metal of your holiday sparkle like an expert:


Yellow Gold: Ancient cultures, including the Egyptians and Sumerians, prized yellow gold for its resemblance to the sun. The rich, bold color of yellow gold is as beautiful as it is versatile. Be aware of if your loved on has allergies, as some people are allergic to metals used in gold alloys (nickel).


White Gold: White gold is alloyed, or mixed, with other materials such as nickel, palladium, copper or zinc to lighten its color. White gold jewelry is usually rhodium plated, to achieve bright white color. Diamonds are often times set in white gold for classic engagement rings.


Rose Gold: Rose gold, is a trendy recent fashion piece popping up in jewelry stores everywhere. Rose gold offers a warm, soft pink glow. The pink is associated with adding copper to the alloy. This is a great choice for that special someone who keeps up with fashion trends.


Silver: Silver has been used in jewelry for centuries and remains popular to this day. Silver is most well known for its trendiness and affordability. If you need to purchase a gift on the more cost efficient side, silver is your best choice.


Platinum: Platinum is one of the noble metals including gold and silver. Platinum is durable and doesn’t tarnish over time. Since platinum jewelry stands the test of time, it is perfect for heirloom jewelry. Platinum and palladium are both good for those with allergies as they are a hypoallergenic.


Palladium: Palladium is a by-product of platinum mining, and is considered rare. Palladium is less dense than platinum, so it is lighter in weight. Like platinum, its durability will allow a lifetime of wear.


Titanium: Titanium is used primarily as an industrial metal. Considered an alternative metal, titanium is an affordable option when selecting a gift. Titanium is naturally a white metal, jewelry styles featuring a blackened titanium are increasingly popular. Because of how hard it is, it is extremely difficult to set gemstones inside. Titanium often times can come grooved, drilled or engraved.

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Holiday Sparkle: Guide to Buying Different Jewelry Metals

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